Where to eat on Christmas Day


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If you aren’t sitting down to a Christmas meal on Tuesday, odds are you’re looking for a decent bowl of noodles or General Tso’s for when the movie lets out. We’ve got more than 60 of the area’s best Chinese, Indian and Thai restaurants on this list, but here are eight from across the area that are particularly good and confirmed open on Christmas. You would be wise to call ahead, however, as many of the area’s open restaurants will be jammed. For some liquid entertainment, Eater DC has a list of bars open on Christmas Day.

100 Degree C Chinese Cuisine: Hunan specialties like hot and sour chicken headline a menuof more than 200 items.


100 Degree C Chinese Cuisine in Fairfax. (Scott Suchman/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

A large order of Biryani at Curry Mantra in Fairfax, VA. (Photo by Asad Sheikh) (Asad Sheikh)

Curry Mantra: You can’t dine at Rasika on Christmas, but Curry Mantra comes close to hitting the same high notes. Regulars have even taken to calling owner Asad Sheikh “the little Ashok Bajaj.”

Great Wall Szechuan House: D.C.’s best Chinese will literally numb your taste buds with ma la goodness.

Hollywood East:You’ll want to linger over the Chinese food and dim sum that passes through the popular Wheaton institution.


Masala Art Baingan (Jason Berger/The Washington Post)

Masala Art: The problem with Masala Art, Post food critic Tom Sietsema wrote in 2010, is that too much is so good, you can’t stop eating it.

Nava Thai: This Wheaton restaurant’s Thai food is worthy of Bangkok’s frenzied night markets.

Alex Baldinger is editor of the Going Out Guide blog, which covers food, drink, arts, music, events and other curiosities in the D.C. area. He is forever in search of a great sandwich.

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